Canadian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Slams BCH As ‘Scam’ During Parliamentary Testimony

Bitcoin (BTC) tech entrepreneur Jonathan Hamel appeared in front of Canada’s House of Commons Standard Committee on Finance yesterday, March 19, and declared: “Pay close attention, other cryptocurrencies are downright scams, like BCash [Bitcoin Cash (BCH)].”

Hamel first posted on Twitter about his upcoming testimony during a Parliamentary cryptocurrency discussion, without mentioning BCH:

However, Hamel had then posted on Reddit prior to giving the crypto testimony, writing, “Spoiler: I’m gonna say ‘Bcash is a scam’ and it’s gonna be archived forever in the Parliamentary records (not a blockchain but still…) Donations are welcome,” followed by a crypto wallet address and a picture of his Bitcoin patterned socks.

Hamel’s Reddit comment sparked backlash in the Reddit community, with some users seeing his inclusion of an, albeit attempting to be humorous, request for donations as crossing an ethical line. Reddit user TheGreatMuffin wrote,

“Asking for donations for a statement you made while a government hearing is kinda undermining the expertise of your whole talk, in the eyes of the listeners and media.. You are aware you are out in public here?

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